Poll: 54% of Ukrainians back accession to NATO, 32% against it
Some 54% of Ukrainian citizens now support the country's accession to NATO, and more than half of them believe that an application to join the alliance should be submitted immediately.
According to a survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center and with the Maidan of Foreign Affairs charity fund, 32.2% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine should not join NATO, while 13.8% of respondents were undecided.
As many as 47% of respondents believe that the best option to ensure security for Ukraine is the deepening of relations with the EU, 39.6% - with the United States, 29.5% - accession to NATO (with 23% of respondents thinking that NATO membership will contribute to Ukraine's security to a certain extent), while 24.5% think it is necessary to deepen security cooperation with Russia.
Some 41.9% of Ukrainians said that the country could count on U.S. assistance in combating Russia in the current situation, 39.5% - on assistance from Poland, 36.3% - Germany, 23.5% - Britain, and 18.6% - France.
Russia is considered a threat to Ukraine by 73% of those polled, and the United States – by 23.1%. At the same time, 60.9% believe that the United States does not pose any threat to Ukraine, and only 17.8% believe that Russia is not a threat to Ukraine.
The survey was conducted from May 31 to June 5, 2014. A total of 2,001 respondents aged over 18 from all regions of Ukraine, except Crimea, were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.